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Rumors that Amazon is planning a tablet of its own have sparked concerns over whether or not the company can properly differentiate between Kindle and a tablet without inadvertently cannibalizing or obviating the former--but what if readers didn't have to choose? Thanks the thinking behind the Nook2Tablet software, which allows readers to turn Barnes & Nobles' Nook into an Android device by inserting a microSD card. The microSD cards are priced at $34.99 (8GB), $49.99 (16 GB), and $89.99 (32GB). The company takes pains to reassure customers that their dollars aren't going towards a software purchase. "When you buy a Nook2Android card you are purchasing the highest quality Sandisk MicroSD... Read more...
Those Amazon.com Android tablets which are continually speculated upon can't come soon enough for the company. For the first time ever, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color, an Android-powered tablet, but one that's not a general tablet unless hacked, has overtaken the Kindle (now in second) as the most popular e-reader. Amazon.com is expected to release its general purpose Android tablets soon, although no announcement has been made. In fact, according to DigiTimes, Amazon.com ordered more tablet units than any other Android OEM in Q3. IDC has forecast global shipments of 16.2 million e-readers in 2011, an increase of 24 percent over 2010. Of course, if Amazon.com ships general purpose tablets,... Read more...
Ever seen one of those television commercials that convinces you that you'll be getting something "valued at" some absurdly high price. This isn't exactly one of those cases, but in a way, it's a lot like that. Barnes & Noble has just revealed that customers who bring their "old eReader" to a B&N store and "upgrade" to a NOOK will get 30 free NOOK Books. And those, apparently, are worth $315. We suspect that the values are being tweaked a bit here to benefit the cause, but it's still a tempting offer. Kindle owners who have been looking for a good reason to try the NOOK may be enticed, and folks who purchased a super-cheap eReader from the start now have a great opportunity to snag a... Read more...
If all else fails... Angry Birds! It's a game that has seemingly taken over the entire universe, and while the reasons may never fully be understood, it's not like that really matters. If you're Barnes & Noble, and you're looking to get more and more people into your stores, you turn to whatever works. The company’s bookstores will be the world’s first Angry Birds “Magic Places,” bringing enhanced game play NOOK Color users in-store. NOOK Color with the Angry Birds NOOK App can exclusively unlock the Mighty Eagle character to their arsenal at no cost for in-store gameplay. In other words, Angry Birds addicts will have no choice but to steer themselves to a nearby B&N... Read more...
Facts are facts: it's hard to rival the Kindle. Amazon's e-reader is a monolith, and even the Nook family from Barnes & Noble is having a tough time competing. But that doesn't mean that no competition exists. Kobo has just announced that their eReader Touch Edition is now available across the U.S. and Cada, and for a reasonable rate, too. It's $129.99 USD and $139.99 CDN, offering a new design, touch support and a choice of colors (black, lilac, blue and silver). As with some other high-profile reader/tablet out there, there's just a single home button to mess with, and there's also Infrared touch technology, a flicker-free touch screen experience, a 6" E Ink display, one-month of battery... Read more...
On the same day that Microsoft introduced a ton of new features within the upcoming "Mango" build of Windows Phone 7, Barnes & Noble introduced something of their own: an all-new NOOK. It's a new touch-sensitive reader with improved battery life (up to 2 months on a single charge), an ultra-light frame, full touchscreen, a 6" E Ink Pearl Display, and optimized display performance that offers 80% less flashing. It comes equipped with Wi-Fi, and offers 50% more contrast than a 1st edition NOOK. It weighs just 7.48oz., and is 35% lighter and 15% thinner than the original. It'll hold up to 1,000 digital books, and it's priced right as well: pre-orders are live now for $139. Of course, the same... Read more...
There's no question that Barnes & Noble is just grasping for some press here, but hey, one million isn't anything to scoff at! The company has just reaching one million NOOK Apps downloads by NOOK Color customers, with the milestone being reached a week after NOOK App shopping was made available to all Color customers. Of course, Angry Birds is in there, along with a host of other popular apps, and we'd love to know what percentage of those downloads were related to the Birds. One thing to keep in mind is that all NOOK Apps are optimized for the NOOK Color's 7" touchscreen, and yes, the top five paid apps are listed: Angry Birds, Drawing Pad, Solitaire, Aces Jewel Hunt and Astraware Mahjong.... Read more...
Tablet users read too! Right? Barnes & Noble sure thinks so, as the company responsible for the Kindle's most serious competition to date (the NOOK) has just announced an updated version of the free NOOK For Android e-reading application. With the update, customers using 7" or larger tablets can access over 140 NOOK Newsstand titles, and furthermore, they'll enjoy an optimized reading experience designed to take advantage of large and extra large, high-resolution Android tablet screens. The app's available today through the Android Market, V CAST Apps, Samsung Apps, GetJar, and AppsLib, and while Honeycomb tablets are just now starting to hit the market, Android 3.0 devices are certainly... Read more...
Boingo still isn't available in quite enough places, but they're getting closer. The Wi-Fi provider has just announced a new version of its Wi-Fi app for Android is now available to NOOK Color customers as a free NOOK App through the Barnes & Noble NOOK Bookstore. The app marks the first deal between B&N and Boingo, giving NOOK Color users access to over 325,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the world with a single click. One Boingo account gives customers direct access to over 125 networks with the same login. Now that the NOOK Color is becoming a lot more then an eReader, there's reason to get it online a lot more. With tablet capabilities, having one-click access to hotspots makes a lot of... Read more...
As the company promised, Barnes & Noble has delivered a software update to its 7-inch NOOK Color devices that push them still more in the direction of a general-purpose Android tablet, and away from being a standalone e-book reader. Some customers have rooted their NOOK Colors and installed custom ROMs, already turning their devices into general tablets. The software update delivers Android 2.2 (Froyo) to the NOOK Color. With that, the NOOK Color now has access to Adobe's Flash 10.1. The update does not, however, add the general Android Market to the device. However, customers can use the new NOOK Apps store. There are approximately 125 apps available, all of which are customized for the... Read more...
In late January, Amazon.com announced that for the first time, paperbacks were outsold by e-books at its site (hardbacks had been eclipsed six months before). On Thursday, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) made it official overall: e-books are now the most popular U.S. reading format. According to the AAP's report on February 2011 sales, e-books saw triple-digit percentage growth, 202.3%, when compared to February of 2010. Audiobooks also increased, 36.7 percent compared to last February. Some caveats in the report. AAP partially attributes the rise in e-book sales in February to strong e-Book buying, or “loading,” by consumers who received e-book readers devices as holiday... Read more...
Plenty of users have rooted their Nook Color eReader with custom firmware in order to gain access to the Android Market and download applications. However, the majority of people have stuck with the official firmware that comes with the device. If you're in the latter camp and have longed for the day when you could download apps to your Nook Color, we have some good news for you. According to the HSN Website, the Nook Color will soon be getting a new app store known as the Nook Store. The HSN site doesn't provide an exact launch date, but it does provide some juicy information about what we can expect sometime in April: Barnes & Noble seems to be avoiding calling the app store the 'Nook App... Read more...
If you thought the tax preparers were the only folks staying busy this time of year, you should reconsider. Microsoft's legal team has plenty on their plate of late. Just months after the company sued Motorola for infringing Microsoft's patents in select Android devices, the company is now going after even more manufacturers of Android products. It's hard to say if this is just leading up to one big showdown between Microsoft and Google, but for now it's Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec who need to sweat it. Today, Microsoft published a press release stating that legal action had been taken against the three companies mentioned above for "patent infringement by their Android-based e-reader... Read more...
Are you familiar with NOOKnewsstand? If not, you're probably alone based on Barnes & Noble's most recent press release. The company's digital periodical subscription service has apparently been doing quite well, exceeding 650,000 subscriptions and single copy sales in just the first two months. The company claims that this is being driven by NOOKcolor sales, but having over 120 magazine titles in stock can't hurt either. With a dozen new titles, including O, the Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Guitar World and Consumer Reports ShopSmart;) added within the last month, NOOKnewsstand now features more than 120 top magazine and newspaper brands and offers the fastest-growing... Read more...
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